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Latvian Winterfest: Cantatas Of The Christmas Season

Esenvalds / Kalnins / Jansons
Release Date: 12/11/2012 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 1389   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Eriks EsenvaldsValts PuceAldonis Kalnins
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Latvian Concert ChoirBalsis Youth ChoirLatvian National Opera Chamber Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A disc of glorious music by Latvian composers appropriate for the Christmas season. Warm, gentle music for choir and chamber orchestra of immediate melodic appeal.

Music has been a strong political, unifying force for the Latvian people. It rose slowly, out of folk songs, during the 700 years of oppression by Russian tsars and German overlords. Poetry and song, with their indirect and symbolic undertones, became an inside language — a way of passing on messages, revisiting legendary heroes and building confidence. Latvian composers have fused their folklore with contemporary trends and this recording is an example of this fusion. Cantatas for the Chrismas season by three of Latvia’s most well-known composers are
Read more offered. Sung by the New York Latvian Concert Choir with the Latvian National Opera Chamber Orchestra conducted by Andrejs Jansons, the recording was made in Latvia in February, 2012. The New York Latvian Concert Choir was founded in 1975. Since the break up of the Soviet Union and the re-establishment of Latvia’s independence, the choir has regularly collaborated with choirs and soloists in Latvia. Its mission has been to keep alive and promote Latvian music within the Latvian communities of the U.S., Canada, Australia and elsewhere and to introduce these countries to Latvia’s ongoing cultural heritage.

Sung in Latvian with fully translated English texts within the illustrated booklet. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Christmas Eve by Eriks Esenvalds
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Latvian Concert Choir,  Balsis Youth Choir,  Latvian National Opera Chamber Orchestra  ... 
2.
Christmas Cantata by Valts Puce
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Latvian Concert Choir,  Balsis Youth Choir,  Latvian National Opera Chamber Orchestra  ... 
3.
Winter Solstice Mystery by Aldonis Kalnins
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Latvian Concert Choir,  Balsis Youth Choir,  Latvian National Opera Chamber Orchestra  ... 

Sound Samples

Christmas Eve: The Angel's Message
Christmas Eve: A Bridge
Christmas Eve: To a Refugee's Mother
Christmas Eve
Christmas Cantata: Libera me
Christmas Cantata: Winter Came
Christmas Cantata: Light the Torch
Christmas Cantata: Blow, Blow, Northwind
Christmas Cantata: Libera me, Domine
Winter Solstice Mystery: Prelude
Winter Solstice Mystery: Winterfest is Coming
Winter Solstice Mystery: Let Us Dress in Foreign Garb
Winter Solstice Mystery: Slowly, Gently God Drove
Winter Solstice Mystery: Mummers are Freezing
Winter Solstice Mystery: White Snow Falls on Fir Branches
Winter Solstice Mystery: Mother Cat Lost Her Child
Winter Solstice Mystery: Little Fir Tree, Little Sister
Winter Solstice Mystery: Who is There, Rattling My Door?
Winter Solstice Mystery: Good Evening, Hostess
Winter Solstice Mystery: Mother, Where are Your Daughters?
Winter Solstice Mystery: Come Lads, Come Maidens
Winter Solstice Mystery: Mummers
Winter Solstice Mystery: Mummers Beg to Give Them Meat
Winter Solstice Mystery: Somewhere by the Roadside
Winter Solstice Mystery: Dance, Peasant
Winter Solstice Mystery: Winterfest

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